How to avoid gum disease and how our Glasgow dental clinic can cure it.
While it’s somewhat logical for some people to believe that their gums’ health comes second to their teeth, this isn’t actually the case. It’s obvious that we would prefer for our teeth to be as attractive as possible and not wake us up at night with a terrible toothache, but it’s also important to realise that a horrible gum infection can also lead to some rather significant issues.
Gum disease usually gets better when we brush and floss properly again, but it is possible to get gum disease if we don’t take care of our teeth for a while, maybe because we are sick. In spite of this, it can still happen even when we brush frequently, which is why we always advise that our customers visit the oral hygienist at Southside Dental Care Glasgow every six months for a thorough cleaning and consultation.
Possible Causes Of Gum Disease
Germs in our mouths include both healthy and bad bacteria. In general, this won’t be an issue if we maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle and proper cleanliness. But if we don’t do anything about them or if we get sick, the potentially dangerous bacteria can grow a lot and start to hurt our gums, which is called gum disease.
There are several things we can do to maintain a healthy level of potentially harmful germs. Correctly brushing our teeth is the most obvious of these. Make sure your toothbrush’s bristles are not overused, even if you believe you already do this (usually not more than 3 months old). To help remove dirt, grime, and microorganisms, be sure to angle the bristles so they can reach below the gumline. Your daily dental health care regimen should also include flossing. You should now start flossing between your teeth.
Bacterial population growth is another effect of dehydration. Not only must you ensure that you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, but you should also resist smoking and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol because these things are known to promote a dry mouth, which inhibits the effective removal of bacteria from the mouth.
Type Of Gum Disease
Gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease, and Periodontitis, which is the latter stage, are the two main stages. Gingivitis, which can usually be fixed without too much trouble, is not the same thing as Periodontitis.
Gingivitis is typically moderate. However, it can still result in some horrible symptoms like bad breath and sore, swollen gums that bleed when you brush. Our dental hygienist in Glasgow will usually do a “scale and polish” on you to fix it. Tartar from the teeth and gum line will be removed as a result. Tartar is made up of dead bacteria and mineral deposits that build up on your teeth. This makes the surface of your teeth rough, which makes it easier for bacteria to stick to. Even if you brush your teeth well at home, tartar will still form. To avoid this, you should visit the dentist every six months.
Periodontitis is a very serious gum disease because it not only infects our gums but also hurts our bone tissue and the roots of our teeth.
When gum disease reaches this level, not only are the symptoms more visible, but you also run the real risk of losing teeth. Also, there is some evidence that gum disease may affect your overall health by making you more likely to get heart problems and other problems.
At this point, a simple scale and polish technique won’t cut it, and you’ll need to see a specialised dentist who is appropriately trained for a “root planning” or “deep clean” process. This involves reaching the tooth below the gum line and cleaning the area around the bone and dental roots. This requires the use of a local anaesthetic and is a significantly more invasive procedure. Despite being the only option, this treatment may not always work, and tooth loss is still a possibility. Therefore, it is important to take good care of your gums to prevent the need for this procedure.
You should be sure to visit the dentist regularly to have your teeth examined as part of the overall oral health care. As we’ve already said, we also strongly suggest making regular cleaning appointments with a hygienist at our Glasgow office. This will certainly help in maintaining the health of your mouth. Please visit the Southside Dental Care Glasgow website to schedule an appointment.